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Newark Town Bowls and Social Club celebrate its 210th birthday

A sports club in Newark celebrated its 210th birthday.

Newark Town Bowls and Social Club, which has been on its Castle Green site since 1809, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and invited a Newark charity to celebrate the landmark day.

Mayor of Newark Tony Roberts attended and unveiled a special plaque.

He said: “It’s a pleasure to be here to celebrate the 210th anniversary.

“This club must be the oldest sporting club in the town, if not in the county.

“I believe that the game was played in the castle ground as early as 1790 and then moved to this present site (London Road) in 1810.

“Research tells me the game itself was played in some form in Ancient Egypt some 7,000 years ago and has spread throughout the world in various forms over the millennia.

“May I wish you a happy birthday, and I hope that you continue to flourish for at least the next 120 years.”

The Newark Patriotic Fund, which provides support to injured service personnel, veterans and their families were also part of the celebration.

Mr Tony Wise, president of the Newark club, said the bowls team would continue to do their best to support the worthy cause and highlighted the changes the club had seen over the years.

“In 2019, it’s a superb local community asset, run entirely by volunteers, many thanks to those volunteers,” he said.

“You see the facilities we have today, the clubhouse, the kitchen, the bar, the gardens and the petanque court, and of course the bowling green.”

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